Quality plus quantity is a hard combination to beat.
The Lindsay Holy Family girls track & field team, two-time defending Class D state champions, proved that once again Tuesday, April 5, by running away with the team championship in the Newman Grove Invitational at Genoa. Holy Family amassed 222 points, well ahead of runner-up Shelby/Rising City (88).
In an exciting battle for the boys title, the host Bluejays edged area rival Holy Family 109-107, with third-place Clarkson (100) close behind.
The Holy Family girls were spearheaded by victories in nine events and simply had too much depth for opposing teams in Tuesday’s meet.
Junior standout Andrea Weeder led the way for the Lady Bulldogs, winning the 800 meter run (2:26.44), 1600 meter run (5:28.0) and 3200 meter run (12:52.28). Holy Family also got a pair of wins by Vitoria Wiese in the long jump (16-4) and triple jump (34-5½), while Taylor Bender took top honors in the shot put (35-½).
LHF also swept the relay events, winning the 4×100 in 53.47, the 4×400 in 4:26.47 and the 4×800 in 10:31.0.
The Newman Grove boys used six event victories and the depth of 16 overall placing efforts to edge Holy Family by two points in boys competition.
The Bluejays were paced by junior Troy McCuiston, who struck triple gold in individual events. McCuiston won the 100 meter dash (11.47), 200 meter dash (24.0) and triple jump (39-5) – events in which he qualified for the 2010 state meet. Caleb Fowlkes added a win in the 800 meter run (2:22.31) and the Jays were victorious in the 4×400 (3:49.38) and 4×800 (9:44.4) relays.
In addition to those victories, Newman Grove’s Tatem Fowlkes was runner-up in the 400 meter dash (56.5) and Alex Johnson placed second in the high jump (5-6).
Shawn Korth scored Holy Family’s only event victory, taking the 110 meter high hurdles in 17.44. The Bulldogs still challenged Newman Grove in team points on the strength of 23 overall placewinners.
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